Battlements, Statues and Gargoyles: Dream or Nightmare for Property-Owners?


A free online event for all run by the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) in Wales, and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historical environment service, focuses on the trials and tribulations for land and property managers who are responsible for managing heritage structures and ancient monuments.

“Everyone dreams of living in a historical castle, bishop’s palace or even a stately home, but their upkeep requires a great deal of knowledge and is very costly,” says Nigel Hollett, CLA Cymru Director. “Welsh castles and keeps may be front-of-mind, but most of our heritage buildings and structures are more modest. Property owners and land managers may be responsible for former chapels, ancient earthworks, sections of wall or gates. As time goes by more recent structures are seen to be part of our heritage: industrial or defensive structures and utility buildings for example – even agricultural structures like sheep-folds.”

Nigel Hollett continues,

“Our free online event is open to all. In it we will hear from property owners and managers who have years of experience in custodianship of heritage structures – and have had to make-them-pay as part of a business – or to cover the cost of restoration and maintenance.”

“The Covid 19 restrictions have closed many heritage sites to visitors – a dramatic impact on much-needed revenue, and many property-managers are unclear about when – and how – they can welcome members of the public again.”

Taking place on 1 March, 3.30-4.30pm the online event features the CLA’s Heritage Specialist Jonathan Thompson and Cadw’s Head of Regeneration & Conservation, Judith Alfrey.

Attendees should register in advance to receive the access details by calling 01547 317085, before Friday 26 February.